Thursday, 19 May 2022
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Enterprise Support Services
64. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will report on the disbursement of the trading online voucher scheme for 2021; the amount of funding and number of recipients per county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24911/22]
The Trading Online Voucher Scheme (TOVs) offers a voucher of up to €2,500 (50% co- funded by the applicant) to help businesses develop their online trading capability and includes training sessions that cover various topics, including developing a website, digital marketing, social media for business and search engine optimisation.
The information provided is impartial and will assist applicants in deciding what trading online options are right for their business. Funding can be used towards adding payment facilities or booking systems to their website or developing new apps for their customers. The voucher can also be used towards subscriptions to low cost online retail platform solutions, to help companies quickly establish a retailing presence online.
This scheme is demand led and the annual targets and allocations provided to each Local Enterprise Office to meet this demand are based on historical uptake and anticipated demand.
The Local Enterprise Offices are units within each of the 31 Local Authorities and the below table shows the number and value of approvals for each of these for 2021.
|LEO||Approvals||Value of Approvals €|
|Cork City||236||€ 510,143.00|
|Cork N/W||191||€ 415,985.00|
|South Cork||82||€ 159,871.00|
|Dublin City||636||€ 1,449,148.00|
|South Dublin||155||€ 387,500.00|
|Dun Laoghaire||251||€ 512,559.00|